The Fall of Buster Keaton: His Films for MGM, Educational by James L. Neibaur

By James L. Neibaur

The autumn of Buster Keaton assesses Keaton's paintings throughout the conversing photo period, in particular these made at Mgm, academic, and Columbia studios. whereas giving a few consciousness to the early a part of Keaton's occupation, Neibaur focuses totally on Keaton's agreement paintings with the 3 studios, in addition to his next paintings as a gagman, helping participant, and tv pitchman. The publication additionally recounts the resurgence of curiosity in Keaton's silent paintings, which led to a life-time success Oscar and around the globe reputation ahead of his dying in 1966.

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However, what is most interesting here is that Sally Eilers handles all the dialogue. Keaton has a couple of things to say but mostly reacts with the nods and stares that are more akin to his established screen character. Elmer’s chauffeur abruptly quits his job to join the volunteer army, so Gustav, Elmer’s German valet (Arnold Korff) suggests they engage a new driver at a nearby employment office. Inside the office, the dialogue humor begins again: Recruiter: What’s your name? Elmer: Elmer J.

M-G-M 27 Barrymore. The sound for this film was synchronized music and effects, but the accompanying shorts—a speech by Will Hays, president of the Motion Picture Producers of America, followed by several musical pieces—were alltalking subjects. Thus, the first fully talking pictures were short subjects. The release the following year of The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson, was heralded as the first feature to have spoken dialogue. When The Jazz Singer premiered at the Warner Theater in New York on August 6, 1927, it was immediately a tremendous sensation and ushered in a new era.

Keaton likely drew from his own experiences during World War I for Doughboys, his second sound feature for M-G-M. Once again playing a rich milquetoast named Elmer, Keaton nevertheless was said to have some creative control over this feature, the most since The Cameraman a couple of years earlier. Doughboys begins as newspaper headlines tell of President Woodrow Wilson’s issuing a call for a volunteer army. Next, in contrast, wealthy Elmer shows up each day in a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce and waits outside a department store as the employees are leaving.

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